Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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Mike Haege, the Hastings tree trimmer who was kicked out of the tornado zone in north Minneapolis recently, released cell phone video this week that he says backs up his story. Haege has said that a city inspector and police kicked him out of the disaster zone because he wasn't licensed and because they didn't believe he was doing the work for free. The City of Minneapolis has said the reason he was removed from the area was because he was operating in zones that were unsafe and hadn't been cleared of downed power lines.
According to the City of Minneapolis, Hastings tree trimmer Mike Haege was asked to leave the city's tornado-damaged areas because he was performing work in unsafe areas. "It was a very dangerous situation," said Henry Reimer, the city's assistant director of regulatory services. "Mr. Haege was found in unapproved zones on two occasions, and warned twice to go back to the area that had been cleared to resume his volunteer work there.
Two Hastings juveniles admitted their involvement in a harassment case. On May 23, a caller reported that obscenities were being yelled at her daughter as she walked home from school. The car was described to police, he responded to the area after school. The officer spotted the car and followed it, eventually pulling the drivers over. Two juvenile males inside the car initially denied saying anything to the girl.
Riverbend Pet Hospital in Hastings has planned a low-cost vaccination day for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The hospital is located at 1104 N. Frontage Road. Discounted vaccinations will be offered for dogs and cats during the event. Staff at the hospital said some pet owners have fallen behind on their vaccinations because of the bad economy. This event aims to help pet owners get back on schedule, staff said. No exams will be required.
Kurt Baker, the Hastings man involved in last week's five-hour standoff with police, has been charged. The charge was filed by Dakota County on May 31. He was charged with obstructing the legal process. According to the complaint: On May 23, A Hastings officer observed Baker at a residence in the 400 block of Tiffany Drive. The officer knew Baker had an active warrant for his arrest. The officer got out of his car and approached Baker, who stood up and ran into the house through a patio door.
The Hastings boys golf team saved its best for last. The Raiders won the season's last Suburban East Conference meet, which was held Wednesday, May 25, at Keller. Hastings shot a 310 to win. Eighth-grader Matthew Radke and freshman Jacob Cooper led the way with 75s. Nick Tusa, a freshman, shot a 79. Another freshman, Sam Otto, shot 81, including an eagle on the par 5 12th hole. Senior Sean Eglington (83) and junior Mike Dittrich (88) also played varsity. Hastings had one eagle, three birdies, 52 pars, 44 bogeys and seven double bogeys in the meet. Hastings averaged 31 putts.
It wasn't an easy week for the Hastings boys and girls track teams. The Raiders each placed 10th out of 10 teams at the Suburban East Conference championships. The competition in the SEC is incredibly strong again this season, and the Raiders saw this up close at the SEC meet. The Hastings boys were just 1.5 points out of ninth place. Stillwater won the meet with 186.5 points and Roseville was second with 168.
The Hastings baseball team came to an end Saturday with a 9-0 loss to Rochester Mayo. "We picked a bad day to play our worst game of the year," coach Paul Hartmann said.
They did it again. On Tuesday night in Austin, the Hastings softball team won its fourth straight section softball title, beating Rochester John Marshall, 6-0, in the finals. Through four games in the tournament, Hastings outscored its opponents by a combined score of 29-1. "It was just a huge section tournament for us," coach Dean Robinson said. "The defense stepped up. The pitching was fabulous and we just hit the ball all over the place." Against John Marshall, Hastings pitcher Treya Connell earned the win.
Memorial Day observances were held Monday in Hastings. Hundreds of residents attended the day's main ceremony at Roadside Park. A link to a photo gallery from the day is attached to this article.